Regional Planning

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DCA's regional planning programs help local governments and regional commissions consider issues, opportunities and resources that multiple neighboring jurisdictions share and may address in a coordinated fashion.  The Georgia Planning Act ( O.C.G.A. 45-12-200, et seq., and 50-8-1, et seq.) governs many of the activities of the twelve Regional Commissions, including identifying and managing Regionally Important Resources, creating and implementing Regional Comprehensive Plans, and reviewing Developments of Regional Impact.

Our regional programs include:

  1. Developments of Regional Impact (DRI). DRI's are large-scale developments that are likely to have regional effects beyond the local government jurisdiction in which they are located.
  2. Regional Commissions. DCA contracts annually with Georgia's twelve Regional Commissions to foster effective local and regional planning and implementation of those plans. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts (DOAA), also conducts annual performance audits of state funds (including DCA) received by the regional commissions. Georgia Regional Commission Map.
  3. Regionally Important Resources (RIR). Regional Commissions prepare a Regional Resource Plan that systematically identifies regionally important resources in each region and recommends best practices for use in managing these important resources.
  4. Regional Comprehensive Planning.  Regional Commissions prepare regional plans that guide future decision making that addresses critical regional needs and opportunities and provides a framework for advancing the state's planning goals.
  5. Regional Success Stories. DCA highlights outstanding initiatives and success stories undertaken by Georgia’s twelve Regional Commissions in order to share knowledge and tools that have been successfully implemented to address a diverse range of community and regional issues.

Regional Plan Documents for Review and Comment